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Graham Potter delivers Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell injury update after Dortmund defeat



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Graham Potter has delivered an injury update on Ben Chilwell after Chelsea’s Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea were beaten 1-0 in their clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie.

It was a frustrating contest for the Blues, in the first half some huge chances fell the way of Joao Felix, having already seen an effort soar over, the Portuguese forward was also denied by the bar in the opening 45.

In the second half, the visitors continue their pursuit of the opener, Reece James had two strikes on goal saved by Gregor Kobel, who had a fantastic game.

However, it was the hosts who opened the scoring, a Chelsea corner led to a sharp counter-attack from Edin Terzic’s side, Karim Adeyemi found himself with just one defender to beat, and after getting past Enzo Fernandez he then rounded Kepa Arrizabalaga to put Dortmund in front.

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Potter’s men pushed for a late equaliser, but were kept out by Kobel and the Dortmund side, who had the full force of the yellow wall behind them.

The result was a disappointing one for Chelsea, who could and probably should have come away with at least a goal.

Head coach Potter made three changes to the side that were held to a 1-1 draw with West Ham, two were forced as both Noni Madueke and Benoit Badiashile were ineligible to play in this game, but he chose to give Chilwell the nod over Marc Cucurella.

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The English left-back put in a solid performance after building up match fitness in recent weeks, however he was substituted in the 71st minute.

After the game, Potter spoke about Chilwell, who had been stretching his right leg before he was replaced, the 47-year-old said: “About five minutes before he came off, he had a run down the side and had a kick on his ankle.

“I haven’t checked it over but I think it’s more a kick than anything else and probably a little bit of fatigue. That was his first start for some time so the idea before the game was to take him off at 60/70 minutes max. So that was the plan.”

With a game to come on Saturday against Southampton in the Premier League, Chilwell will be hopeful he is back fit and ready to play again.